Simple Inexpensive Tricks Dr Joel Fuhrman and Dr Oz Discuss for Super Immunity
The idea of food as medicine is not new and it is backed by solid scientific evidence.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a strong believer in this idea and he regularly recommends healthy foods as effective means of treating diseases.
From studying the diets of healthy people in different cultures, Dr. Fuhrman found that those who regularly ate nutrient-dense foods lived longer than those who consumed empty calories and refined foods. In addition, those who ate healthy foods had much reduced risks of chronic diseases affecting the elderly.
In his interview with Dr. Oz, Dr. Fuhrman recommended adopting a diet built on nutritarian foods.
This is not a new fad diet. Rather, what Dr. Fuhrman recommended was a switch to healthy foods by substituting the high-carb, high-calorie and high-fat foods with nutrient-packed foods. Nutritarian foods are rich in essential nutrients and have low calories.
These foods provide essential minerals and vitamins as well as dietary fiber and phytochemicals proven to provide specific and broad health benefits. Nutritarian foods also boost the body’s immune system.
Dr. Fuhrman argues that for most people, the immune system only functions at half its capacity.
However, nutrient-dense foods can increase immune function to 100%.
To ensure that the immune system functions at its full capacity, Dr. Oz’s guest recommends that we adopt the Super Immunity Diet. The Super Immunity Diet is simple and affordable. It places more emphasis on natural foods than refined foods.
The Super Immunity Diet has 4 basic rules.
Rule 1: Include a lot of foods rich in phytonutrients in your meals. Such natural foods packed with essential nutrients include green leaf vegetables, fruits and berries. These foods are rich in antioxidants including polyphenols and vitamins C and E. Other important phytonutrients include lycopene found in tomatoes; curcumin in turmeric; allicin in garlic; and capsaicin in peppers.
These and other medicinal phytonutrients can also be found in effective immune-boosting supplements. Besides boosting the immune system, these phytonutrients have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, anti-platelet, cholesterol-lowering and cardioprotective properties. These foods are not only rich in phytonutrients, they are also low in calories. Therefore, they heal rather than bloat the body.
Rule 2: Eat more slow-digesting foods. Slow-digesting foods release their nutrients and calories much slower than rapidly metabolized foods. Examples of slow-digesting foods include nuts, seeds and berries. On the other hand, simple sugars and flour are high-caloric foods that rapidly release their contents.
For example, refined, sugary foods can dramatically increase blood sugar levels because they quickly release sugar in readily-absorbed forms.
In contrast, complex carbohydrates produce more controlled blood glucose levels because they take longer to break down.
Rule 3: Eat less meat. Meat is a source of unhealthy, saturated fats and becomes even more dangerous as we grow older. A better source of protein is fish especially oily fish (sardines, mackerels, tuna, etc.) rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Fuhrman recommended that meat should only be 10% of our diets.
Rule 4: Chew slower. Kids are repeatedly told to chew slower. Adults should also follow this advice.
Dr. Fuhrman said that the average human chews each bite of food 15 times. He recommended chewing for longer (at least 25 times). Chewing not only allows us to savor our foods and aids its digestion, it also improves satiety and helps prevent overeating.
These 4 rules may be simple but they are commonly practiced by the healthiest people in the population. They can significantly affect the way our body regulates its processes and combats infections. For example, boosting the immune system has been shown to be one of the best ways to prevent/treat cold and flu.
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